Because I know lots readers spent this Sunday evening watching the Superbowl instead of Downton Abbey (myself included), some of us may be feeling a little empty inside. I know I need my weekly Downton fix but with my native New England team up against my recent hometown New York team, I had to watch - Congrats to the New York Giants by the way!
The Masterpiece classic period drama Downton Abbey on PBS, has captivated many with its soap-opera drama and cast. Aside from the clash between servants and aristocrats, a great reason for the series' success is the opulent, well-curated set. Many of the scenes are shot on location at Highclere Castle in Hampshire England, and no detail is left unturned. Set in the Edwardian period of England, after the heaviness, clutter and dark colors of Victorian interiors, people wanted something new and cheerful. Edwardian style was a breath of fresh air with decor in fresh, light floral patterns and pastel colors.
In my latest Ideabook for Houzz.com, I pulled together products influenced by the English taste that can be described as worldly and eclectic, gathered from travels around the world and founded on beauty, luxury and class. You can find my entire Ideabook on Houzz [Here] but I wanted to give readers a sneak peek at my favorite pieces. Enjoy!
I absolutely love Lady Mary's room on the Downton Abbey. The rich wooden canopy bed and the lush textiles create such a visual treat! I was thinking about how great it would be to re-create such a space. Through extensive research I think I found some really great products that could pull together a Lady Mary inspired room.
1. The most prevailent detail in Mary's bedroom is the wallpaper with it's vibrant combination of deep red hues and lush blush accents, it emulate her strong and sensual character that the viewers are entranced by. This traditional wallpaper designed by Farrow & Ball (BP 915) [ Visit Store » ] is a close match to the decadent damask in Lady Mary's room.
2. The curtains and bedding are a strong contrast to the dark walls, coordinating with the lighter parts of the print. At Ethan Allen the Camella Brocade Bedding [ Visit Store » ] is similar to the bedding in Lady Mary's room, this ensemble with an elegant, traditional design adds an air of classic opulence to almost any bedroom.
3. This reproduction, chippendale-style writing table in Tiger Maple by D.R. Dimes [ Visit Store » ] is a must for Edwardian lifestyle, as it can be used as both a dressing table and a place to scribe letters to loved ones at war.
4. Vanity is an important aspect in the English lifestyle of the Edwardian period. In order to keep up one's appearance, there must be an equally attractive floor-length mirror. Although mostly hidden behind Lady Mary in the photo above you can see she she has made sure to have a mirror herself. In my search, I found the above 19th Century Cheval Mirror [ Visit Store » ] on 1st Dibs.
5. The last piece for Lady Mary's room is the Cream Scallop Dome Lamp Shade from Lamps Plus [ Visit Store » ]. It's the perfect Victorian lamp shade to top off a porcelain base, its voluminous shape and fringe add just the right amount of feminine spirit to this rich space.
There are many more products to tie together a Downton Abbey look in my Houzz Ideabook, from club chairs to tea sets I hope it inspires someone to bring a little Downton Home to them.